Wofford Upsets No. 5 North Carolina Behind Fletcher Magee's 27 Points

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 20: Matthew Pegram #50 and Fletcher Magee #3 of the Wofford Terriers celebrate with teammates following their win against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Dean Smith Center on December 20, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Wofford won 79-75. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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The Wofford Terriers pulled a stunner Wednesday night and downed the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels 79-75 at the Dean E. Smith Center behind a game-high 27 points from Fletcher Magee.

The win was Wofford's first-ever against a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.

It was also a coming-out party of sorts for Magee—who has been flying under the radar even though he entered the night averaging 24.1 points per game on 59.0 percent shooting from the field, 57.8 percent shooting from three and 84.2 percent shooting at the rim, per Hoop-Math.com.

All told, the junior guard went 10-of-23 from the field, including 4-of-12 from three, in Wednesday's upset.

"This is not something where he's just playing well and he's had a couple of good weeks," Wofford head coach Mike Young recently told Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller. "He works like a dog to be a great player, and he is being rewarded for the work that he puts in. He is an immensely talented young man."

Forward Cameron Jackson joined Magee in double figures, piling up 18 points, nine rebounds, six blocks, three assists and three steals as the Terriers moved to 8-4 on the season.

The Tar Heels countered with 23 points from point guard Joel Berry II and 17 from junior sniper Luke Maye, but they shot a lackluster 36.4 percent from the field and 7-of-25 from three overall as a team.

North Carolina was also incapable of summoning the stops necessary to facilitate a second-half rally after Wofford took a 14-point lead with 13:31 remaining in regulation.

The defending national champions will look to get back on track Saturday when they meet in the CBS Sports Classic at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

On the other hand, the Terriers will enjoy nine days off before they aim for a sixth straight win on Dec. 30 against UNC Greensboro.

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